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No. 260 / Tudor Oyster Prince Ranger - 1969

No. 260 / Tudor Oyster Prince Ranger - 1969

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Oyster Prince Ranger
Rare Model / 1969


The vintage Tudor Oyster Prince Ranger is a cult classic among watch lovers. A response from Tudor to his older brother Rolex's Explorer. This particular watch is from 1969, with the small Tudor Rose logo at 12.


In 1953, Rolex created a watch named Explorer under the reference 6350. This watch was launched after two men, Hillary and Norgay, achieved to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May, 29th 1953, with Rolex watches on their wrists.

This is certainly where the Tudor Ranger found its roots. Tudor officially states that the Oyster Prince Ranger model was introduced in the 1960s and was first listed in the catalogue in 1969. They also state that it remained in the catalogue until 1988.

The Tudor Oyster Prince Ranger 7995/0 shares indeed various elements with other Oyster Prince watches from the same era, including its stainless steel case, with the typical shape used by the group in the 1960s, with waterproof screwed caseback (however not Rolex engraved but “MONTRES TUDOR S.A. GENEVA SWITZERLAND PATENTED” instead). It also uses the same movement as other watches from Tudor, an ETA calibre 2483, meaning a no-date version.

The main point of this watch remains of course the black dial with Arabic numerals and large baton indexes, all filled with luminous material, for an improved legibility in all conditions. What differentiate this watch from the Rolex Explorer is mainly the 12 numeral (and not a triangular index) as well as the hands: an arrow-shaped one for the hours and a syringe-shaped hand for the seconds (both are quite emblematic of the model). A standard baton was used for the minutes. The other difference was the diameter of 34mm, rather small even at that time for such a tool watch – the Explorer was 36mm.


Oyster Prince Ranger




34mm (excl. crown), Stainless Steel

Automatic, Cal.2452


Watch with new leather strap


CASE Great Condition
CRYSTAL Great Condition
DIAL Great Condition
HANDS Little Patina
MOVEMENT Great Condition
ACCURACY 1 Sec. / day (12 Hr. Timegrapher Test)

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